Activities and memorials tomorrow commemorating the second anniversary of the September 11 attacks will be more subdued than last year.
There will be many events in the area, ranging in mood from somber to festive. The common factors will be patriotism and remembrance of the victims.
In the District, President Bush will attend a morning prayer service of remembrance and observe a moment of silence to mark the anniversary, according to a press release.
Then Mr. Bush, his wife, Laura, and staff members will observe a moment of silence on the White House’s South Lawn at 8:46 a.m., the time when the first plane struck the World Trade Center.
Mr. Bush proclaimed September 11 as Patriot Day and asked all Americans to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. and to display the flag at half-staff from their homes.
In D.C. public schools, the day will be commemorated with a daylong, seven-part ceremony, culminating with a 6 p.m. service of remembrance and reassurance at the National City Christian Church on Thomas Circle NW.
At 6:30 p.m. today, a national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group is urging members in the Washington area to take part in “A Day of National Unity,” an interfaith memorial event at the Capitol Reflecting Pool to mark the second anniversary of the attacks and to challenge those who seek to divide America along religious or ethnic lines. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says many Muslim, Christian, Arab-American, Sikh and interfaith organizations have agreed to co-sponsor the event.
In Virginia, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld will attend a wreath-laying ceremony tomorrow at Arlington National Cemetery, where 66 victims of the attack on the Pentagon are buried.
Also in Arlington, County Board Chairman Paul Ferguson will host “9/11 Arlington Remembers: Flags Across Arlington,” at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow in Courthouse Plaza at 2100 Clarendon Blvd. The ceremony will include a flag unfurling, a moment of silence, and 184 tolls of the bell, one for each Pentagon victim.
Prince William County officials plan to break ground tomorrow on a memorial honoring 22 residents who died on September 11. The memorial will feature a reflecting pool in the shape of the Pentagon with twin fountains representing the World Trade Center.
In Maryland, the ceremony in Prince George’s County will begin at 9 a.m. today on the courthouse side of the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro.
In Baltimore, Women in Black will promote peace from 4 to 6 p.m. tomorrow by forming a human chain on Charles Street from the Inner Harbor to the Beltway. The members will be wearing black and hope to have at least three persons on each block holding peace signs in different languages.
Montgomery County officials will dedicate a park to the 11 residents who died when a hijacked plane crashed into the Pentagon two years ago, spokeswoman Bonnie Ayers said yesterday. She said the victims’ families have helped artists create a place of “peace, hope and reflection” in a public park in Rockville.
Eleven benches, one personalized for each victim, will line the edge of the oval park. A gazebo will hold a tablet listing the victims’ names, Miss Ayers said. A solar lens on the roof of the structure will illuminate the names one by one from 9:24 a.m. to 11 a.m., every September 11.
On Sunday, a Harley-Davidson store in Baltimore will sponsor a 47-mile ride to raise money for a Flight 93 fund. The United Airlines plane crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pa., killing seven crew members and 33 passengers. Last year, about 4,000 riders registered to ride the Inner Loop of the Baltimore Beltway, raising more than $46,000. The riders stretched so far that they looped themselves, store spokeswoman Christy Michaud said.